Sigh. I have always always loved New England, The East Coast – the magical draw of the watery landscape, its cookie cutter seaside charm and rich history. This time last year I was there – being chased up to the tip of a storm smouldered Cape Cod by Hurricane Irene – seeing the Cape in all its natural raw glory and then a glorious glittering calm after the storm.
This year I am yearning for it all the more. There is something in the air that is bringing the charm of the East Coast into general consciousness.
I recently went to see the new Wes Anderson film Moonrise Kingdom set in an idyllic and nostalgia hued 1960’s New England island. The shingled and slatted coastal houses, rocky coves and summer camp aesthetic had me doe eyed and whimsy!
On the other scale – tapping into the glamour of the East Coast – Ricky Lauren [wife of Ralph] has just released what is sure to be a glorious book – The Hamptons, Food, Family and History. Combining food with her memories of raising a family in New York’s legendary Hamptons, the book captures the lifestyle—plus the rich history—of America’s most exclusive resort. The evocative book is packed with delicious recipes, beautiful photographs, and original watercolors that paint a picture of life in the Hamptons.
To sate my yearnings I like to look at design that might bring a little New England style into my home. The biggest thing on my design wishlist is this beautiful powder blue Shaker style kitchen from bespoke kitchen co Plain English. I can only imagine having a kitchen this dreamy!
Lotions, potions and scents from natural beauty brand Cold Spring Apothocary in NY. I love the simple vintage packaging, and beautiful amber glass bottles and tops wound in twine with wonderfully evocative ingredients Cedar, Black Pepper, Clove and Lavender.
Finally these super cute colour blocked chopping boards from Anthropologie have a fresh Cape boatyard look about them.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org